Equus comes to life on the Masque stage

Tian Landman as Alan Strang.

Equus, written by Peter Shaffer in 1973, opens at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, on Friday April 28. This beautifully written piece is a psychological drama that explores the meaning of normal.

The play is about a boy, Alan Strang (played by Tian Landman), who blinds several horses during a psychotic rage, and is referred to a psychiatric hospital for treatment.

In his attempt to uncover what motivated the boy, psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart (played by Richard Higgs) is brought face to face with his own personal demons. It is a fictional story that was inspired by an actual crime.

Making her directorial debut, Bernie Jacobs has stayed true to the dramatic staging of this well-known play. She incorporates elements of Ritual and Greek Drama to create symbolic settings rather than naturalistic surroundings.

Ms Jacobs is no stranger to Masque audiences, having starred in the multi-CATA winning Master Class last year.

The cast of Equus is led by Richard Higgs and newcomer to the Masque, Tian Landman. Other familiar faces in the cast include Graham Ellis, Su Cunningham, Patrick Jordi and Kim R2. The horses promise to be a real treat for audiences and are portrayed by an ensemble of familiar and new actors. Equus is presented by Claremont Dramatic Society. It runs until Saturday May 6 – excluding Sunday to Tuesday.

The production contains explicit content – some nudity and strong language – and parental guidance is advised.

Book through Masque Theatre Bookings on 021 788 6999 (weekdays from 9am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9am till noon. Alternatively, you can email bookings@masque